Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 11, 2019 Bill Maher admitted what most Americans believe namely that Hillary committed obstruction of justice in deleting her e-mails and destroying her electronic devices; Red House seats are more precious as Reds need to retake the House but the time may have come for a primary challenge to Rep. Amash try to quash after his pediculous demand that Trump be impeached and his withdrawal from the Freedom Caucus of the Reds; convicted felon and liar and rabid anti-Trump hater John Dean had his soap box yesterday in front of the House Judiciary Committee inanely comparing Watergate to the delusion of Trump collusion with the Russians; Blues have come to their senses in the House as they have terminated their efforts for a pay raise amidst their focus on impeaching and investigating Trump while ignoring issues like immigration, border and economic security and infrastructure that Americans care about; the titular head of the House Blues, AOC, is supposedly contemplating a primary run against Chuck Schumer in 2022 or Kirsten Gillibrand in 2024 (both of whom are pretty pathetic but getting rid of Chuck might not be a bad idea especially if a Red could be found to oust AOC; on the judicial front liberal groups are preparing secret list of progressive judges and new Democratic president could not nominate day one after a successful inauguration in 2021 although unlike Trump who publicized his picks well in advance these lists are hidden from the American people and Bridget Bade’s nomination to the leftist 9th Circuit survived a cloture vote and is moving forward to an assured confirmation while 51 judicial nominees are in the pipeline; SCOTUS shot down perennial atheist litigant Michael Newdow’s attempt to ban “In God We Trust” from our currency; David Ortiz was flown to Boston in serious but stable condition after being shot in a Dominican Republican night club (death toll is now four Americans who have died under mysterious circumstances at Dominican Republic resorts); INSYS filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy just days after reaching a $225 settlement with the federal government that had brought civil and criminal charges against the company for bribing doctors to prescribe its addictive opioids; on the wine front new studies have indicated that much of the wine consumed today is made from grapes almost identical to grapes of ancient times while the environment and the pathogens the vines are exposed to have evolved which means they are much more vulnerable to disease and climate change; on the Women’s World Cup front, the U.S. plays Thailand today since North Korea was banned for failing drug tests; through June 9, 2019 1061 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 199 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
1. Kamehameha Day (Hawaii)—celebrating the reign of King Kamehameha of Hawaii who ruled from 1792 to 1819 and who brought the Hawaiian Island together as one kingdom in 1810.
2. Cousteau Day—celebrating the birth on this day and the underwater exploits of Jacque Cousteau who was born on this day in 1910. Best way to celebrate would be to go scuba diving but if not licensed to obtain air for your tanks, go for a walk on the beach with your feet in the water or a ride on a boat, in both cases wearing a red hat which was a signature item of clothing for Cousteau.
3. 1942 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1942 was “Tangerine” by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Bob Eberly and Helen O’Connell on a run of 6 weeks in that position. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdistoUW4CQ Unfortunately this smoker had his baton taken away permanently by lung cancer on June 12, 1957 while his last song “So Rare” was number 2 on the charts representing his attempt to branch out into rock music.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “pensum” which means a task assigned in school often as punishment.
5. God’s Wrath—bemoaning the birth on this day in 1956 the two term black American Blue mayor of New Orleans roundly criticized for his handling of the Katrina Hurricane and ridiculed for his assertion that the hurricane was God’s punishment for the U.S.’s invasion of Iraq. After leaving office he was charged in 2013 with 21 counts of corruption to have the dubious distinction in a city rife with corruption of being the first major criminally charged. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison and will be eligible for parole in 2025.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Bob Eberly and Helen O’Connell, 5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that if a student or have students you or they are not facing a pensum; 2 quotes by George Wallace, one in 1963 and the other in 1979 in a 180 of his prior segregationist views, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
On this day in:
a. 1935 inventor Edwin Armstrong made the first demonstration of FM radio at Alpine, New Jersey to joy of radio music lovers.
b. 1963 Governor of Alabama George Wallace stood at the entrance door of the University of Alabama to bar the entrance of two black students trying to enroll to no avail as federalized National Guard troops accompanied them later that day and they were allowed to register.
c. 1998 Compaq Computer Corporation paid $9 billion to acquire Digital Equipment Corporation which was the largest high-tech acquisition until Compaq was acquired by HP for $22 billion in 2002.
d. 2001 Timothy McVeigh was executed by lethal injection for his role in the Oklahoma City Federal bombing that killed at least 168 people and wounded 680 others.
e. 2018 3 World Trade Center officially opened on the site the World Trade Center was destroyed on the attacks of 9/11.
Reflections on learning from mistakes: “It is very appropriate that from this cradle of the Confederacy, this very heart of the great Anglo-Saxon Southland, that today we sound the drum for freedom as have our generations of forebears before us time and again down through history. Let us rise to the call for freedom-loving blood that is in us and send our answer to the tyranny that clanks its chains upon the South. In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever.” George Wallace Inauguration Speech as Governor of Alabama January,1963
“I have learned what suffering means. In a way that was impossible, I think I can understand something of the pain black people have come to endure. I know I contributed to that pain, and I can only ask your forgiveness.” Address to the Montgomery Dexter Avenue Baptist Church (1979), as quoted in "George Wallace – From the Heart" (17 March 1995), The Washington Post.
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